DailyDirt: College Tuition Is Expensive

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Paying for college has never exactly been easy, but it’s been getting increasingly difficult over time. On top of that, it’s getting more difficult to get into some of the more selective schools. CA Gov. Jerry Brown remarked that “normal” people can’t get accepted to Berkeley anymore (hold the jokes on how normal the students at Berkeley have ever been, okay?). Proposals for free community college tuition (with fine print attached) might make higher education more accessible and certain colleges more socio-economically diverse, but what’s going on with the costs of tuition?

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Anonymous Coward says:

Free eduycation is not a panacea

When I went to college I had friends whose parents couldn’t afford to pay for college and they went anyway. I had friends who watched their elder siblings go through college and get advanced degrees and they made excuses why they couldn’t go. I saw others who could have gone for a free ride and were too cool for school. Georgia has free public college for anyone with a B average or better and still kids can’t be bothered to do it. It boils down to motivation of the kids. Either they are motivated or they or not. The motivated ones find a way, the rest make excuses. This is the same dynamic that plays out in all social programs. You can give, give, give and eventually people have to stand on their own you we need to quit giving and force them to stand on their own.

retrogamer (profile) says:

Re: Free eduycation is not a panacea

I really disagree with this, the issue is that we’re pushing people into degrees from four year universities that may not yield employment and leave them saddled with debt. Not everyone has the aptitude for a free ride (If you think for a minute, a B average already means above average, which is a C if grades are administered properly). Should every C student be stuck with a HS Diploma or worthless degree that buries them in debt? Mike Rowe has been on about the need for low cost vocational education, and I think he’s right. It’s long, but I really agree with this interview he did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKzu86Agg0

Anonymous Coward says:

It is harder for kids to get into college today because more kids want to go to college. That trend will begin to change as there are fewer kids today than there has been in the past.

Colleges are now being run as a business, so they are spending tons of money on new dorms that trend high class, cafeterias that serve actual good food and other perks to get kids to want to go there.

College sports programs have coaches making high 7 figure salaries, build multi-million dollar sports complexes, etc.

We have forgotten what college is supposed to be, a place to learn and discover what you want to do with your life.

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